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2018/10/11 01:10:38 (permalink)

Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments?

I recently downloaded Cakewalk by Bandlab. I used to have Sonar 8.5 Producer, and I miss the VST instruments I used to have. There are some free VST synths available on the web. I thought there must be one that has a popular following of people who create new patches and share them. What VST plugin instruments have other Cakewalk users found that give a lot of variety of sound for not too much expense?

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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/11 01:50:44 (permalink)
First of all, I'd recommend re-installing Sonar 8.5 Producer. That way you'll get all your VST instruments back for use in Cakewalk by Bandlab.
 
As far as free ones, there's loads about.
 
I personally like these:
 
http://www.dskmusic.com/
 
Elektrostudio used to do a fantastic range of free analog emulations, but the website seems to have gone. You can get them at http://www.vst4free.com/index.php?dev=Elektrostudio - actually http://www.vst4free.com is a great resource for loads of free VSTs.
 
One of my favourite free VSTi's is Cobalt by Leslie Sanford. It's a bit like a Korg DW8000 / Kawai K3 crossover:
http://www.lesliesanford.com/vst/plugins/
 
GTG synths are also not bad:
http://www.gtgsynths.com/plugins.htm
 
You can get a free Yamaha XG synth here: http://veg.by/en/projects/syxg50/
 
Note that most of these are 32 bit. I've personally not had issues with this, but some of them might not play well with Cakewalk's BitBridge. Investing in JBridge is a good option.
 
 

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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/11 05:40:35 (permalink)

 
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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/11 06:41:42 (permalink)
Dexed - very good Yamaha DX7 emulator. Not quite as hard to program as the DX7, but still very complicated - FM synthesis tends to be like that. Luckily it comes with a lot of DX7 patches.

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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/11 11:40:31 (permalink)
tlw
Dexed - very good Yamaha DX7 emulator. Not quite as hard to program as the DX7, but still very complicated - FM synthesis tends to be like that. Luckily it comes with a lot of DX7 patches.

Was watching this the other day. FM has always put me off, but I'm starting to think again


 
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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/11 12:39:56 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Kamikaze 2018/10/11 13:42:58
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tlw
Dexed - very good Yamaha DX7 emulator. Not quite as hard to program as the DX7, but still very complicated - FM synthesis tends to be like that. Luckily it comes with a lot of DX7 patches.

Was watching this the other day. FM has always put me off, but I'm starting to think again



These two articles were the breakthrough for me in FM programming:
 
Great article on how to approach programming an FM patch by focusing on each element of the sound:
https://old-homepages.abdn.ac.uk/d.j.benson/dx7/manuals/prgrmdx7.pdf
 
This page explores how to use modulator frequency ratios to create square wave, sawtooth etc:
 
http://web.archive.org/we...tx81z/fm_overview.html
 
 

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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/12 01:20:51 (permalink)
I go to this site:
https://www.kvraudio.com/
Good source for everything DAW.
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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/12 02:51:08 (permalink)
+1 on the KVR site.
 
Plus check out Bedroomproducer dot com.
They have a running list of free plugins and instruments
 
bedroomproducersblog.com/free-vst-plugins/
 

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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/12 03:56:33 (permalink)
synth1 for starters.. 25k presets for it
 
also look on the deails / software forum..  I posted "surge" the other day , which is now free
 
Plugin boutique do freebies, £1 sales also.
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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/12 15:33:33 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Kamikaze 2018/10/13 04:01:25
OBXD is a pretty good Oberheim emulation, easy to use and 64-bit. Not a lot of presets available, but it's so easy to program you really don't need them.


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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/12 16:26:08 (permalink)
On the subject of FM synthesis and wandering a little off topic the iOS synth FM4 is a really easy to program FM synth. Four operators rather than the DX’s six but it’s laid out really well visually and can do the FM bell, chime and pad sounds very well.

It’s also very inexpensive, so long as you have an ipad of course.

In hardware the Volca FM and Yamaha Reface DX also seem to have good interfaces. Mind you it’s not hard to improve on the DX 7’s incredibly user-hostile minimalist single display and data slider plus a bunch of buttons approach.

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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/13 04:04:47 (permalink)
bitflipper
OBXD is a pretty good Oberheim emulation, easy to use and 64-bit. Not a lot of presets available, but it's so easy to program you really don't need them.


This is cool, I didn't know about this. Lacking modulation matrix leaves it bit short for my use, but I've installed it. Meant to be CPU friendly and not having an FX section is a plus for me. 

 
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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/14 00:59:29 (permalink)
Not sure if you're looking for synth-ire stuff or more natural, but I can say I'm a HUGE fan of these three,
 
TAL-NoiseMaker which I use in almost every single project, extremely simple controls yet loads of possibilities
Retronix, haven't used it in a while but loads of variety here too especially in the presets,
Superwave P8 which I used to use constantly because it has I think 6 or 8 oscillators all of which can be set to 5 or 6 different waveforms so you can create these insanely dense, wide crispy pads and synth FX
 
I've had trouble finding SO many good ones that provide "natural" sounds, but if you're looking for VST's in general I'd also recommend looking at Saffron SE with is for sound fonts (hundreds of decent, useable and even good ones out there) and ShortCircuit2, arguably the best free sampler out there. Wins out against TXW16x in my opinion in ease of use vs. possibilities

 
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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/21 17:50:25 (permalink)
Free synths? I also like OB-Xd and Dexed mentioned above. But then there are PG-8X and Latte(unfortunately 32-bit only). Those ones have also real good sounds.
 
On the other hand if you do not like to invest too much time in creating your own patches (like me), then I recommend to buy Arturia's Analog Lab. It includes hundreds of patches of most of the great analog hardware synths of the past, I really like it!
 
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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/10/23 02:43:55 (permalink)
This is probably my favorite freebie.  It's a Chinese flute.  It sounds great.  I use it often.  I love it.
http://www.vst4free.com/free_vst.php?id=309
 
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Re: Recommend Any Free VST Plugin Instruments? 2018/11/08 00:55:26 (permalink)
I would say for the sheer number of free patches available, it is hard to beat Dexed (based on Yamaha DX-7) and Synth1 (based on Nord Lead).
 
Synth1 has about 15,000 free patches available, and Dexed can load any DX-7 patches.
 
The Amplesound P-Bass and Acoustic Guitar that Kamikaze mentioned are excellent, as well as the free Addictive Keys
Grand Piano (only 4 octaves, but works very well on a 49 key controller)!
 
The OB-Xd is a must have Oberheim emulation!  No on-board FX, but that's what FX chains in your DAW are for!
 
The free synths from U-he (designer of Zebra, Diva, and Hive), such as Zebralette and Tyrell N6 are also must haves!
 
There are also free versions of Native Instruments Kontakt and Reaktor, as well as free versions of IK Multimedia SampleTank 3 and Syntronik.  All of these each come with a limited factory library with no expiration, so check them out!
 
For free drums, I think that MT Power Drumkit 2 is a good go-to option. https://www.powerdrumkit.com/
 

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